Smart City

Smart City

Welcome to the Smart City Master Plan Public Engagement!

Your input is invaluable to the creation of our first Smart City Master Plan. This Master Plan will guide Mississauga for the next 3-5 years as it continues its development as a Smart City. The directions outlined in this plan will be used to shape policy, and to create digital transformation both at City Hall and in the community.

We have online and in-person events running until April 22. For information and to register for the in-person events please see the Key Dates section.

The information below will outline how to provide your feedback online.

The Framework contains the core ideas of the plan. We would like your input into ensuring that these reflect the direction we should be taking with the Smart City initiative. We outline each of these below with an opportunity for your feedback. Your feedback will be gathered and taken into consideration as we are developing the plan.

We would also love your Smart City ideas. Under the IDEAS tab you have the opportunity to add your own ideas and to vote on ideas that other people have posted. These ideas will be collected by the Smart Cities team and used as inspiration as we move into Smart City programming.

And, finally, we are growing Wireless Mississauga. Under the PLACES tab Let us know where you would like to see public WiFi.

Let's build a Smart City for Everybody together!




Smart City

Welcome to the Smart City Master Plan Public Engagement!

Your input is invaluable to the creation of our first Smart City Master Plan. This Master Plan will guide Mississauga for the next 3-5 years as it continues its development as a Smart City. The directions outlined in this plan will be used to shape policy, and to create digital transformation both at City Hall and in the community.

We have online and in-person events running until April 22. For information and to register for the in-person events please see the Key Dates section.

The information below will outline how to provide your feedback online.

The Framework contains the core ideas of the plan. We would like your input into ensuring that these reflect the direction we should be taking with the Smart City initiative. We outline each of these below with an opportunity for your feedback. Your feedback will be gathered and taken into consideration as we are developing the plan.

We would also love your Smart City ideas. Under the IDEAS tab you have the opportunity to add your own ideas and to vote on ideas that other people have posted. These ideas will be collected by the Smart Cities team and used as inspiration as we move into Smart City programming.

And, finally, we are growing Wireless Mississauga. Under the PLACES tab Let us know where you would like to see public WiFi.

Let's build a Smart City for Everybody together!




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    Smart City Vision & Direction

    Mississauga will harness the creative power of new technologies and innovative ideas to enhance quality of life in Mississauga. We will effectively integrate physical, digital and human systems in the built environment to deliver a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future — a Smart City for Everybody.

    Mississauga’s Smart City initiatives are about transformational city building and will focus on creating vibrant, inclusive communities with a high quality of life. Mississauga will serve as a model of government-led smart city urban development. People-centred, neighbourhood-focused and forward-ready we will use...

    Smart City Vision & Direction

    Mississauga will harness the creative power of new technologies and innovative ideas to enhance quality of life in Mississauga. We will effectively integrate physical, digital and human systems in the built environment to deliver a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future — a Smart City for Everybody.

    Mississauga’s Smart City initiatives are about transformational city building and will focus on creating vibrant, inclusive communities with a high quality of life. Mississauga will serve as a model of government-led smart city urban development. People-centred, neighbourhood-focused and forward-ready we will use technology to address urban challenges and opportunities in order to create a city where people choose to work, live and play.


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    Smart City Framework

    Digital Ecosystem

    The Digital Ecosystem ensures that all of Mississauga’s neighbourhoods are supported through digital infrastructure, systems and processes. This includes substantial infrastructure, that is often unseen,  including city-wide WiFi - including on buses, an LED lighting grid which saves energy, an Internet of Things (IoT) grid that can help with everything from traffic management to air quality control.


    What does this look like?

    Free Publicly Accessible WiFi -  Providing free wifi throughout the city at all city run ...

    Smart City Framework

    Digital Ecosystem

    The Digital Ecosystem ensures that all of Mississauga’s neighbourhoods are supported through digital infrastructure, systems and processes. This includes substantial infrastructure, that is often unseen,  including city-wide WiFi - including on buses, an LED lighting grid which saves energy, an Internet of Things (IoT) grid that can help with everything from traffic management to air quality control.


    What does this look like?

    Free Publicly Accessible WiFi -  Providing free wifi throughout the city at all city run facilities including libraries, community centres and civic buildings; at select city parks and in district WiFi regions.

    Safety & Security - From traffic and street safety to emergency services, the city is ensuring that citizens are safe as they move through the city.

    Mobility -  Continuously improving mobility to ensure we can move around the city better through traffic management systems, transit and active transport routes such as bike trails.

    Digital Infrastructure - Even when you can’t see it, your day to day life is supported through digital infrastructure such as underground fibre optic cables; citywide LED lighting grid; IoT sensors to monitor traffic, air quality, potholes and a variety of other inputs. e.g. IoT system, Fibre Network, 5G Network Supports, LED Streetlights, Automated Traffic Management System (ATMS), fibre optic (internet) cables, etc.

    Public Realm - A Smart City can also be a beautiful city. From smart street furniture, including street lighting and smart waste removal,  to digital screens and connected bus stops urban design is an integral part of a smart city. 

    Connected Projects - Utilizing the city’s infrastructure (digital and other), or other city systems or processes to create city wide services. e.g. Wireless Mississauga, MiWay Connects (transit WiFi), Connected City Fleet, Smart Waste Management (Parks), District Energy, etc


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    Smart City Framework 

    Living Labs

    A Living Lab is a user-centred, open innovation ecosystem.  It integrates research and community engagement  in a real world environment. It will operate with public, private, people and institutional partnerships. We plan on opening 5 Living Labs across Mississauga - one in each of the 4 BIAs and one Downtown. The pilots, projects and research in these neighbourhoods will be publicly accessible and we will invite feedback from the users throughout the process. This information will live online and also in the neighbourhoods themselves.

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    Smart City Framework 

    Living Labs

    A Living Lab is a user-centred, open innovation ecosystem.  It integrates research and community engagement  in a real world environment. It will operate with public, private, people and institutional partnerships. We plan on opening 5 Living Labs across Mississauga - one in each of the 4 BIAs and one Downtown. The pilots, projects and research in these neighbourhoods will be publicly accessible and we will invite feedback from the users throughout the process. This information will live online and also in the neighbourhoods themselves.

    What does this look like?

    Public Feedback - Each of the projects developed in these Living Labs will encourage feedback from the public. Smart Cities will provide information on the projects to the public and will encourage feedback and discussion on each of these pilots. e.g. Online Engagement, other engagement activities and techniques, public meetings, tactical urbanist interventions, etc.

    Reporting - These projects will be monitored from beginning to end. Information will be shared with the public about what we learn from each pilot. e.g. Website, data visualizations, reports, etc.

    Real World Projects  - A variety of projects will be built within the community to test the technologies in place. These projects will be developed through a variety of means including internal and external partnerships; community input; city department needs; and other opportunities. e.g. District

    Energy; Climate Sensors; iParks; People Counters; Smart Street Furniture; Accessible Streetscapes & Crosswalks; Digital Public Art; AR For

    Infrastructure; Public WiFi; Electric Vehicle Stations; Automated Vehicles; Drone Landing Sites; Co-Working Hubs; Laptop and WiFi Lending; Training; GIS

    Mapping; Smart Lights; Solar Power; Bike & Car Sharing; Voice First Customer Service;  Innovation Challenges; Experiential

    Learning; Smart Waste Management; IoT Network; Fibre Network; Smart

    Street Signs; Flooding Detection; Public Notices; Noise Detection; Traffic Flow; Transit Times; etc


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    Future Ready

    The world is always changing with new technologies, new ways of doing things, changes in social and cultural activities. Being resilient - the ability to connect, adapt and succeed - will ensure that individuals, communities, our city and our country can thrive in the future. Being Future Ready is about being prepared in order to lead, to support and to prepare for a bright future for Mississauga.

    What does this look like?

    Pilot Projects - A great starting point to help solve problems, bring...

    Smart City Framework 

    Future Ready

    The world is always changing with new technologies, new ways of doing things, changes in social and cultural activities. Being resilient - the ability to connect, adapt and succeed - will ensure that individuals, communities, our city and our country can thrive in the future. Being Future Ready is about being prepared in order to lead, to support and to prepare for a bright future for Mississauga.

    What does this look like?

    Pilot Projects - A great starting point to help solve problems, bring together stakeholders, try new technologies, test new systems and processes, build capacity, build connections, and engage the community. The Smart Cities team will lead and support pilot projects that will help support citywide goals and strategies by testing ideas on a small scale to determine viability. e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Environmental Sensors, Smart Street Furniture, Augmented Reality, Digital Divide, Smart Parking, etc.

    Innovation Challenges - To encourage innovation, and to co-problem solve with our community, Smart Cities will launch a series of Innovation Challenges. These will be open to the public and provide opportunities for low cost solutions to a range of local issues.

    Human Centred Design - Using a human centred approach the Smart Cities team will lead and support the organization across departments to use a variety of contemporary design techniques to create cross departmental, multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solving, idea generation and collaboration. e.g . Workshops, design thinking, prototyping, user testing

    Trend and Foresight Research - The Smart Cities team will help prepare the organization by leading, co-leading or managing trend and foresight research practices. This will enable the city to be resilient in an ever changing world. e.g. Mississauga Foresight Research Project; Smart Digital Screens, Electric Vehicles and the Urban Realm, trends in digital customer service.


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  • Open

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    Open

    Mississauga will be a community that empowers citizens and strengthens the relationship between residents and public organizations by providing trustworthy, accessible, inclusive, usable and barrier-free data, processes and participation. Open government, sometimes called Gov2.0, is based on the idea that government processes should be open and transparent. In recent years this has grown to include a wide range of other activities including a rise in community engagement activities, civic tech groups and projects, and, in general, an increased sense that technology can be a useful tool in developing a more open dialogue between...

    Smart City Framework 

    Open

    Mississauga will be a community that empowers citizens and strengthens the relationship between residents and public organizations by providing trustworthy, accessible, inclusive, usable and barrier-free data, processes and participation. Open government, sometimes called Gov2.0, is based on the idea that government processes should be open and transparent. In recent years this has grown to include a wide range of other activities including a rise in community engagement activities, civic tech groups and projects, and, in general, an increased sense that technology can be a useful tool in developing a more open dialogue between governments and citizens.

    What does this look like?

    Digital Inclusion -  Mississauga is committed to digital inclusion: ensuring everyone has the opportunity to benefit from digital technologies in their lives. Mississaugans will have sufficient access, the means for safe adoption and effective use, and the opportunity to apply technologies at home, work and play. Investing in digital inclusion efforts, such as digital literacy, fosters social and economic resilience by enhancing the community’s skills and building the knowledge workforce.

    Public Engagement - The Smart Cities team will provide ongoing opportunities for engagement with the public. e.g. Centre for Civic Curiousity, online engagement, etc.

    Tools and Processes - The city will utilize a variety of civic tools and processes to ensure a strong governance for smart cities projects, as well as opportunities for providing open and transparent information and processes.  e.g. Data Principles and Policy, Open Data, etc.

    Open Data - Information that is freely available to anyone without restrictions. It provides opportunities for innovation in re-using, analyzing or correlating data to improve quality of life. To realize the social and economic value of open data, Mississauga will strive to make its data be: open by default, unless for safety or security reasons; accurate, comprehensive and high quality; and comparable and interoperable within and between datasets. Enabling data to be easily and widely accessible without barriers strengthens the community’s trust of government transparency and feeds economic development.

    Public Programs and Activities -  These will ensure continued information sharing, educational opportunities and other means to connect. e.g. Tech and the City, Digital Literacy Program, workshops, activations, etc.


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  • Collaborative

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    Collaborative

    Mississauga will be a city that harnesses the power of innovation through collaboration. Through the collective knowledge of community and business partners; local, national and international governments and agencies; local residents; and across internal departments we will use shared knowledge to create a strong and resilient city. Smart City serves as a kind of ‘connective tissue’ that will bring together complex ideas, technologies and stakeholders. This collaborative model will enable knowledge sharing, creation of efficiencies and innovative ideas.

    What does this look like?

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    Smart City Framework

    Collaborative

    Mississauga will be a city that harnesses the power of innovation through collaboration. Through the collective knowledge of community and business partners; local, national and international governments and agencies; local residents; and across internal departments we will use shared knowledge to create a strong and resilient city. Smart City serves as a kind of ‘connective tissue’ that will bring together complex ideas, technologies and stakeholders. This collaborative model will enable knowledge sharing, creation of efficiencies and innovative ideas.

    What does this look like?

    Partnerships - The Smart Cities team will work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop projects, activities, programs and services. e.g. Government, Industry, Post Secondary, Community, etc.

    Community Partnerships - A smart city is built on a collaborative community. Mississauga will foster new and existing collaborations with traditional and non-traditional partners to help build capacity and harness local innovation. Residents, civil society, academia and the private sector will be engaged to leverage outside knowledge and resources. Within the innovation ecosystem of a smart city, Mississauga sees a role for everyone to partner, collaborate and create effective and innovative solutions.

    Global Partnerships - The sustainability of smart city thinking is supported by exchanging innovative ideas and processes with and learning from its global partners. Many of the challenges Mississauga faces are shared by other cities around the world and it is valuable to share knowledge across regional and international borders. Mississauga will work with its neighbouring communities within the Region of Peel to pool common resources, share infrastructure and address challenges jointly, while drawing on expertise and best practices from around the world. 

    Collaborative Governance - A smart city is accessible, accountable, participatory and collaborative. Mississauga will succeed as a smart city through its cooperative and collaborative efforts with multiple municipal agencies and across all city departments.  Information sharing across parties promotes better informed decision making to achieve collective goals that answer true community needs.

    Cross Disciplinary  - Smart Cities will provide opportunities to break down internal  silos and work together in new ways. e.g. Processes, Policies, Strategies, Work Plans, etc.

    Programs and Activities - Smart Cities will provide collaborative tools and activities to bring together diverse stakeholders. e.g. Smart Cities Workshops + Education, etc.


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  • Everyday

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    Everyday

    We often think of ‘innovation’ as dramatic and splashy. Often the most useful innovations can be embedded so deeply into our everyday that we almost forget about them. These are the technologies that are integrated into our daily lives such as citizen service tools like parking and garbage reminder apps, or traffic cameras at our intersections. Often these types of projects can make a strong impression but quickly become typical tools that become expected. Everyday technologies are also embedded into the city’s current systems. These systems continue to provide a...

    Smart City Framework

    Everyday

    We often think of ‘innovation’ as dramatic and splashy. Often the most useful innovations can be embedded so deeply into our everyday that we almost forget about them. These are the technologies that are integrated into our daily lives such as citizen service tools like parking and garbage reminder apps, or traffic cameras at our intersections. Often these types of projects can make a strong impression but quickly become typical tools that become expected. Everyday technologies are also embedded into the city’s current systems. These systems continue to provide a high level of service on an ongoing basis.


    What does this look like?

    Measurement, Process, Reporting - The Smart Cities team will ensure that projects are monitored, with efficient processes, and clear reporting. This will help to ensure ongoing quality as well as to ensure everyday projects are kept up to date with the ever changing technological and social ecosystem.  Process Development, Project & Partner Intake, Ongoing Reporting, Dashboards, etc.

    Internal Integration - Smart Cities will be integrated into the systems and processes throughout the city. It will provide opportunities to leverage current systems and processes in order to continue to provide efficient, timely, and cost effective services. We will continue to build on these processes. e.g. Lifecycle and Business Plan Processes, Policies, Strategies, Work Plans, Ongoing Activities, etc.

    Smart Cities Lens  - Smart Cities, as with all technologies and systems, will change and evolve over time. We see the strength of this term as a lens to be applied to our projects and processes. In applying the lens we would ask the following 10 questions:

    1. Is it interoperable?

    (does it work with other systems)

    2. Is it scalable?

    (can we grow it across the organization)

    3. Is it connected?

    (does it connect into our digital systems)

    4. Is it data enabled?

    (can we collect data)

    5. Is the data private and secure?

    6. Is it citizen-centric?

    7. Is the project data driven?

    (can we analyze the success of the project through etc data)

    8. Are there collaboration opportunities?

    (are there other city departments that could use the same solution)

    9. What are the current digital trends for this topic?

    10. Have you used design thinking, prototyping, pilots, workshops or other risk mitigation  and efficiency processes?


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    Data

    Data is the raw material of Smart Cities technologies. Data can be measured, collected and reported, and analyzed, whereupon it can be visualized using graphs, images or other analysis tools. With the rise of IoT and AI, data driven decision making and a myriad of other smart cities technologies, the sheer amount of data is mind boggling. These large amounts of data - structured and unstructured - are often referred to as Big Data.  Data provides opportunities and challenges. It requires specialized knowledge, tools and resources....

    Smart City Framework

    Data

    Data is the raw material of Smart Cities technologies. Data can be measured, collected and reported, and analyzed, whereupon it can be visualized using graphs, images or other analysis tools. With the rise of IoT and AI, data driven decision making and a myriad of other smart cities technologies, the sheer amount of data is mind boggling. These large amounts of data - structured and unstructured - are often referred to as Big Data.  Data provides opportunities and challenges. It requires specialized knowledge, tools and resources. It also can be analyzed for insights that lead to better decisions and strategic business moves.


    What does this look like?

    Data Assessment - While the city currently uses a data driven model for decision making, the scale and complexity of contemporary data, along with an increase in inputs from new technologies such as IoT devices and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems, it is important to get a snapshot of where the city is now, and recommendations for planning for the future. e.g. Current Snapshot and Data Foresight Project.

    Internal Processes - We continually look for ways to improve our internal data systems and have ongoing projects looking at continuous improvement in this area. e.g. Data and Analytics Strategy, Continuous Improvement Plans with a focus on LEAN methodology, Enhancement of Data Driven Decision Making Processes, GIS

    Public Data - Continuing to expand on our suite of publicly available data and data portals across the city, data education and engagement activities. e.g. Open Data, Tech and the City, Planning Information Hub

    Data-Driven Decision Making (DDDM) - This involves making decisions that are backed up by hard data rather than making decisions that are intuitive or based on observation alone. As business technology has advanced exponentially in recent years, data-driven decision making has become a much more fundamental part of all sorts of industries, including government.

    Data Science - An interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data in various forms, both structured and unstructured,similar to data mining. Data science is a concept to unify statistics, data analysis, machine learning and their related methods in order to understand and analyze actual phenomena with data.It employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within the context of mathematics, statistics, information science, and computer science.

    City Science - An emerging field that proposes that new strategies must be found for creating the places where people live and work, and the mobility systems that connect them, in order to meet the profound challenges of the future.  They are looking at holistic, rather than traditional siloed, models for meeting the needs of cities in the future.


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